California
Construction Documents

Mechanics Lien, Bond Claim, Notice and Lien Waiver Forms.


This page contains links to download zlien‘s California free mechanics lien and preliminary notice forms. California Mechanics Lien and Preliminary Notice forms available for free download in PDF format. All forms are made available by zlien subject to our terms of use.

Public Projects

All States

Notice to Insurer

Download

When insurance is involved

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Generic Preliminary Notice

Download

Not everyone is required to send preliminary notice, but it's a good idea to send notice anyway. By sending a notice sich as the generic, non-statutory preliminary notice, the sending party can help establish a transparent and communicative project.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Notice That Bond Claim Will Be Challenged

Download

When a bond claim is filed, an owner, GC, or some other party may wish to challenge the validity of the claim. This document, when sent to a claimant, will inform them that the bond claim will be challenged.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Request for Licensing Information

Download

There are plenty of reasons licensing information could be critical - including being sure that properly vetted parties are performing work. This document serves as a request for the licensing information from the party who receives it.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Notice of Completion (General)

Download

Sending a Notice of Completion, even when not required, can be beneficial for top of the chain parties. In states where lien deadlines run from project completion, determining when the project is actually complete is a common point of contention. Sending a non-required Notice of Completion can help solidify the date of completion, thus starting the clock for lien claimants and limiting the liability of top-of-chain parties like an Owner or General Contractor.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Project Awareness Letter

Download

The Project Awareness Letter is the first step towards fostering collaborative relationships with higher-tier parties. It's a friendly letter that simply lets the Property Owner and General Contractor know you're working on the job, and it helps to open the lines of communication from day 1 of a project. We recommend sending this letter right when you're hired on the job. Note that this letter is not statutory and does not protect lien rights.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Notice to Insurer

Download

When insurance is involved

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Waiver of Miller Act Claim

Download

Miller Act Claims are not easily waived, but a waiver the right to file an action on the Contractor's payment bond is possible. It must be done clearly and unequivacly after the potential claimant has completed their work on the project.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Notice of Intent to Challenge Lien

Download

When a mechanics lien is filed, an owner, GC, or some other party may wish to challenge the validity of the filed lien. This document, when sent to a lienor, will inform that lienor that the lien will be challenged.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Preliminary Notice on Miller Act Project

Download

Preliminary Notice before or contemporaneously with the start of work is not required on federal projects under the Miller Act. However, contractors and suppliers may deliver a preliminary notice document to the public agency or any upper tiered contractor to notify those parties they are performing work on the project. This does not act to preserve any claim rights, since it is not a required filing.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Notice of Potential Breach

Download

Sometimes, the parties you hire may need a little extra nudge to stay on track with releasing payments, staying on schedule, or some other facet of the job. When an issue arises that might not necessarily be grounds for termination, a Notice of Potential Breach of Contract serves as a warning: if issues are not resolved, their status on the project may be in jeopardy.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

All States

Release of Miller Act Claim

Download

On federal construction projects, Miller Act claims take the place of mechanics lien claims to provide protection for unpaid parties. Whenever a claimant has received payment, their Miller Act claim should be released. This release should be sent to the project's Prime Contractor and the Surety against whom the claim was made.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

California

Partial Discharge of Mechanics Lien

Download

After a mechanics lien claim is partially satisfied, a claimant may wish to partially release the lien to reflect the amount paid. This may be a risky filing, as it is intended to release part of the right to claim a lien, and it is not guaranteed that counties would not record the document as a full release, or that it will not otherwise detrimentally affect your rights if you choose to complete and file this document.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Notice of Intent to Make Bond Claim

Download

A Notice of Intent to Make Bond Claim is not a required document, but it can be a powerful one. By sending this notice, a claimant can show other parties on the project (1) that payment issues are present; and (2) slow payment or nonpayment will not be tolerated. When utilized, this form should be sent to the nonpaying party, the general contractor, the surety, and/or the awarding authority.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

California

Stop Work Notice

Download

This notice informs an owner that, if payments owed to a prime contractor are not made, work will be stopped 10 days after the notice is given. It may be sent by prime contractors under written contract who have gone unpaid for 35+ days. The notice must also be sent to all subs who have a direct contract with the contractor issuing the Stop Work Notice.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Request for Affidavit of Payment (General)

Download

Before making payment, a paying party may request that the party receiving payment submit an Affidavit of Payment. When submitted, this Affidavit of Payment, serves as proof that (1) the Submitting Party has been paid in full; and (2) the Submitting Party has paid their subcontractors, suppliers, or any other party with whom they contracted with as required.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Affidavit of Payment (General)

Download

This Affidavit of Payment is a voluntary document, meaning that this form is not specifically required by any statute. However, it serves as proof that (1) the Submitting Party has been paid in full; and (2) the Submitting Party has paid their subcontractors, suppliers, or any other party with whom they contracted with as required.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Demand for Payment

Download

By sending a Demand for Payment, a Claimant notifies any recipients that legal action may result if payments are not forthcoming.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Notice of Intent to Suspend Work (General)

Download

This form notifies the receiving party that you intend to suspend work if a payment dispute is not cleared up. Sending a Notice of Intent to Suspend Work to your customer or hiring party will likely be the most effective. However, sending the notice to other up the chain parties - such as a prime contractor or even the owner - could help put pressure on a non-paying party and speed up payments.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Request for Payment Bond Information (Generic, Non-Statutory)

Download

This is a generic form for requesting payment bond information. This form simultaneously (1) requests the payment bond information for a given project; and (2) informs the receiving party that payments might not be going according to plan on the project.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Public Projects

California

Public Stop Notice and Bond Claim

Download

The stop work notice puts the bonding and government agents on notice of the debt to the claimant, and liens the project's funds for the amount of the claim. The public entity is required to withhold funds from the contractor sufficient to satisfy the claim.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Notice of Intent to Make Retainage Claim

Download

This is not a required document in any state, however, it can still be effective to speed up payments. By sending this notice, a claimant can show that they mean business – if excessive retention continues to be an issue on the project, the claimant will not sit idly by.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Notice of Intent to Make Prompt Payment Claim

Download

This is not a required document in any state, however, it can still be effective to speed up payments. By sending this notice, a claimant can show that they mean business – if slow payments continue to be an issue on the project, the claimant will not sit idly by.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Notice of Incomplete Payment

Download

This is not a legally required document - but it can be an effective one. This notice provides an early message that payments aren’t going according to plan.

If a party has received incomplete payment, this Notice of Incomplete Payment will inform any recipients of the payment issue. It provides an opportunity to handle the payment discrepancy with clarity and without having to resort to a lien claim.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Notice of Intent to File Action on Bond

Download

A Notice of Intent to File Action on Bond is a voluntary document, but it’s a powerful one. The document serves as a sort of “warning shot” - the claimant is showing that, if payment is not made, they won’t hesitate to file suit to enforce their bond claim. Often, a property owner or contractor will be persuaded to make payment after receiving a Notice of Intent to File Action on Bond.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Notice of Intent to File Miller Act Suit

Download

A Notice of Intent to File a Miller Act Suit is a voluntary document, but it’s a powerful one. The document serves as a sort of “warning shot” - the claimant is showing that, if payment is not made, they won’t hesitate to file suit in federal court to enforce their bond claim. Often, a property owner or contractor will be persuaded to make payment after receiving a Notice of Intent to File a Miller Act Suit.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Notice of Intent to Foreclose

Download

A Notice of Intent to Foreclose is a voluntary document, but it’s a powerful one. The Notice of Intent to Foreclose document serves as a sort of “warning shot” - the claimant is showing that, if payment is not made, they won’t hesitate to foreclose/enforce their mechanics lien. Often, a property owner or contractor will be persuaded to make payment after receiving a Notice of Intent to Foreclose.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Notice of Nonpayment

Download

This is not a legally required document - in states where a Notice of Nonpayment is a required document, this product will not fulfil that requirement! This notice provides an early message that payments aren’t going according to plan.

If a party has been shorted on payment, or if payment is not forthcoming at all, this Notice of Nonpayment will inform any recipients of the payment issue. It provides an opportunity to handle the payment discrepancy with clarity and without having to resort to a lien claim.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Notice of Withholding Payment

Download

This is not a legally required document. However, this Notice of Withholding provides a clear communication as to why payment is being withheld from a given party, and what work needs to be completed or fixed in order to receive that payment. Offering clear communication around the work in question will help avoid any further escalation of the dispute.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Payment Application

Download

Payment applications can get complicated, fast. This is the zlien payment application - streamlined for ease of use.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Request for List of Subcontractors & Suppliers

Download

This is not a legally required document, but it is a helpful one! By requesting a list of all parties down-the-chain on a project, a clearer picture of the project’s workflow and payment chain can be drawn. The best way to fend off disputes on a project is to stop them before they start, and creating a transparent project is a proven way to do that.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Request for Project Information

Download

This is not a legally required document, but it is a helpful one! By requesting the project information, a clearer picture of the top of a project’s payment chain can be drawn. Further, this information will enable the requesting party to get in touch with top of chain parties should a dispute arise on the project.

The best way to fend off disputes on a project is to stop them before they start, and creating a transparent project is a proven way to do that.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


Private Projects

All States

Request for Reasons Payment Was Withheld

Download

This is not a legally required document. However, this Request for Reasons Payment Was Withheld calls for a clear communication as to why payment is being withheld from a given party.

Upon response, it will be clear what work needs to be completed or fixed in order to receive that payment. Offering clear communication around the work in question will help avoid any further escalation of the dispute.

Need This Form?
Download It Free.


California

Partial Unconditional Lien Waiver

Download

• Use if payment already exchanged
• Use with progress (not final) payments
• Using wrong form can affect validity
Generate Your Form Free

This waiver – the Unconditional Waiver and Release on Progress Payment – should be used when a progress payment on the project has been received. Further payments may be expected, but the specific partial payment discussed in the waiver has been received.

Because this is an “unconditional” waiver, it should only be used when payment has actually been exchanged. If payment has not been actually exchanged, if the check hasn’t yet cleared the bank, or if there is some other reason why payment might ultimately fail, this waiver should not be furnished. If this is the case, a “conditional” waiver is the more safe and appropriate option.

If this waiver is signed and payment later bounces or fails, the waiver will still be effective.

After you've downloaded this form, see our Guide to California's Unconditional Lien Waiver (Progress Payment).

California

Final Unconditional Lien Waiver

Download

• Use if payment already exchanged
• Use with final (not progress) payments
• Using wrong from can affect validity
Generate Your Form Free

This waiver – the Unconditional Waiver and Release on Final Payment – should be used when the final payment on the project has been made and received by the party that furnished labor or materials. Signing this waiver indicates that payment has been received and no further payments are expected.

Because this is an “unconditional” waiver, it should only be used when payment has actually been received. If payment has not been received, if the check hasn’t yet cleared the bank, or if there is some other reason why payment might ultimately fail, this waiver should not be furnished. If this is the case, signing a “conditional” waiver is a safer option.

If this waiver is signed and payment later bounces or fails, the waiver will still be effective.

After you've downloaded this form, see our Guide to California's Unconditional Lien Waiver (Final Payment).

California

Partial Conditional Lien Waiver

Download

• Use if payment not yet exchanged
• Use with progress (not final) payments
• Using wrong from can affect validity
Generate Your Form Free

This waiver – the Conditional Waiver and Release on Progress Payment – should be used when a progress payment on the project is expected. There may be future expected payments on the project, but this waiver applies only to a specific, expected progress or partial payment.

Because this is a “conditional” waiver, it is ok if payment has not yet been received. The waiver is “conditional” on the receipt of the payment and will be invalid if payment is not ultimately received. If payment has already been received in full, an “unconditional” waiver may be more appropriate.

After you've downloaded this form, see our Guide to California's Conditional Lien Waiver (Progress Payment).

California

Final Conditional Lien Waiver

Download

• Use if payment not yet exchanged
• Use with final (not progress) payments
• Using wrong from can affect validity
Generate Your Form Free

This waiver – the Conditional Waiver and Release on Final Payment – should be used when you are expecting to receive a final payment on the project. After signing this waiver, in other words, you will not be expecting any further payments in the future.

Because this is a “conditional” waiver, you may not have yet received the payment. That is okay. The waiver is “conditional” on your receipt of the payment and will be invalid if payment is not ultimately received. If you have already received payment in full, then you will likely want to consider signing an “unconditional” waiver.

After you've downloaded this form, see our Guide to California's Conditional Lien Waiver (Final Payment).

Public Projects

California

Stop Notice Form

Download

If unpaid on a public construction project in the state of California, parties may file a "Stop Notice." This document informs the property owner / public entity, and the surety, that payment has not been made to a subcontractor or supplier. By law, the parties at the top of the contracting chain must withhold money owed to the general contractor sufficient to satisfy the claim set forth in the stop notice.

California

Release of Stop Notice Form

Download

After being paid, a claimant may deliver and file a Release of the Stop Notice to cancel its stop notice request.

Private Projects

California

Release of Mechanics Lien Form

Download

Private and Public construction liens and statements must be canceled once payment has been received, once they have expired, or for any other applicable reasons. Lien cancellations are certificates filed with the recorder to cancel the previously filed instruments. Click the button to download a free California mechanics lien release form PDF.

Private Projects

California

Notice of Intent to Lien Form

Download

While typically not required in California, a party may send any other party a “notice” that they intend to lien a project if payment is not received. This California Notice of Intent to Lien form advises the party that a lien will be filed if payment is not received within 10 days. The filing of this document does not “suspend” the liening period.

Private Projects

California

Notice of Non-Responsibility Form

Download

In California, if work is being done on property at the direction of someone other than the owner (i.e., a tenant), the owner can avoid liability from any claims of liens by filing a “Notice of Nonresponsibility” as per Cal Civ Code art 3094. The notice must be filed and posted in some conspicuous place on the site within a 10-day period after the property owner obtains knowledge of the work on the improvement. Click the button to download a free California Notice of Non-Responsibility form.

Private Projects

California

20 Day Preliminary Notice

Download

In order to preserve their right to file a mechanics lien, contractors, material suppliers and design professionals working in California must send preliminary notice (also known in California as a 20 Day Preliminary Notice). The notice must be sent within 20 days of first providing work or materials to a construction or renovation project. If you are past the 20 day period, you can still send notice, but it will only preserve lien rights for the work or materials delivered after the notice is served, and for the 20 days preceding the service of the notice.

Private Projects

California

Notice of Completion Form

Download

At the conclusion of work, or when work has been abandoned or suspended, the owner can file a Notice of Cessation or Notice of Completion with the county recorder. This acts to start the lien period, and conclude it more quickly than allowed by projects without such notices filed. If a Notice of Cessation or Completion is filed, the lien period is reduced from 90 days from completion of work to 60 days for prime contractors, and 30 days for subcontractors (from date of notice). Click the button to download the California notice of completion form.

Private Projects

California

Notice of Credit Form (Lien Extension)

Download

Liens expire 90-days after filing in California. If a party is promising to pay your claim, but just not soon enough to prevent the lien from expiring, a Notice of Credit may help. This filing extends the time period to enforce a Lien for 180 days from the date of filing. An additional Notice of Credit can be filed even at the expiration of this period, except that it may never extend the time period more than 1 year past the actual completion of the project. Notices of Credit must be signed by the Owner and the Claimant.

Private Projects

California

Claim of Mechanics Lien Form

Download

The construction or mechanics lien, known in California as a Claim of Lien, is filed on private construction jobs by anyone who has performed labor or provided materials to a jobsite, and have not been paid. If a Notice of Cessation or Notice of Completion has been filed by the property owner, prime contractors must file the Lien within 60 days from the filing of the notice, and all others have 30 days to file. If a Notice of Cessation or Completion is not filed, all parties have 90 days from completion of the improvement’s work to file the lien. An action to enforce a lien must be filed within 90 days from the date your lien is filed. Click the button to download a free California mechanics lien form PDF template.

Waiver Management. Simplified.

Stop processing waivers manually. Add organization and
accountability to your process with WaiverInboxTM by zlien.

Build A lien Waiver